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Chain Store

A Grade II Listed Building in Blaenavon, Torfaen

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7774 / 51°46'38"N

Longitude: -3.089 / 3°5'20"W

OS Eastings: 324963

OS Northings: 209313

OS Grid: SO249093

Mapcode National: GBR F2.ZBD5

Mapcode Global: VH79C.DLT8

Entry Name: Chain Store

Listing Date: 9 February 1995

Last Amended: 9 February 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 15293

Building Class: Industrial

Location: Situated at the north-east corner of the site, above the track leading up to the balance tower.

County: Torfaen

Community: Blaenavon (Blaenafon)

Community: Blaenavon

Locality: Blaenavon Ironworks

Built-Up Area: Blaenavon

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

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History

Known locally as the 'chain stores', suggesting that they may have stored spare chains for the balance tower. They may have had an earlier function, perhaps storing raw materials, although this is uncertain.

Exterior

Two adjoining low domed stone structures, built into the hillside, each on a rectangular plan. South-west wall of each is missing. Interiors are barrel vaults.

Restoration in progress at time of inspection (1993).

Reasons for Listing

Included for group value as part of the internationally important Blaenavon Ironworks.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Calcining Kilns
    Situated at the northern edge of the site, above the Blast furnaces.
  • I Balance Tower
    Situated at the northern end of the Blaenavon Ironworks site and dominating the complex.
  • I Blast Furnaces
    Three extant furnaces and the remains of others, stand in a row on the north-west side of the furnace yard, behind the cast houses.
  • I Cast House and Foundry
    Situated on the north-western side of the site.
  • II Storage Shed and attached Chimney
    Situated to the south of the cast houses and adjoining the site of the western-most one.
  • II Stack Square
    Situated to the east side of the site.
  • II Pay Office
    Situated to the south-west of Stack Square and built against the curtain wall for the site.
  • II Gilchrist Memorial
    Situated in the Blaenavon Ironworks Museum car park at the north end of Blaenavon town and to the south-west of the Ironworks; reached off North Street.

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